Alberth (art history, Bard Coll.) here presents the first monograph in English on one of the last surrealist artists alive today. Irish-born Leonora Carrington launched her foray into art by running from her sheltered life of money and status but mostly from her wealthy family. After studying in Italy, she traveled to Paris with her lover and fellow artist, Max Ernst, but World War II separated them. She then migrated to Mexico City as part of the circle of surrealist European migr s and continues to live there today. As this collection of her fascinating work reveals, Carrington soaked up fairy tales and folklore in her childhood, found the focus on the subconscious via the surrealists a stimulating enterprise, and upon arrival in Mexico discovered a potent blend of Catholicism and primitivism, culture and tribe, and life and death. Carlos Fuentes may have summed her up best when he said that her art is "a gay, diabolical, and persistent struggle against orthodoxy, which [she] conquers and disperses with imagination." Richly illustrated and the first to fully explore the artist's life and work, this important book is recommended for all libraries specializing in art and art history.-Nadine Dalton Speidel, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.